Like a monkey that dances for his master at the fair. The old man perpetually cranks a magical box, which due to the slight variations in force of the master's turning hand always emits rhythmic melodies slightly in and out of phase with one another.
A new territory in Vaughn's work based more on samples and drone-like, forever changing rhythms than his prior release, "Onset" [slapmp3_009]
. If IDM can be non-idiomatic, this is it. Then again, what is IDM and what has not been idiomized? Good ol homegrown funk from the vaste Canadian wasteland of Saskatchewan.
May 12, 2004
YAh you BETCHA
They're really great. Infact they're hilarious. Its like speeding up stuff and slamming it all together then chopping it all up like a fruit salad. Yes. It reminds me of chopsticks and fruit salad. I like the Amatuer Dancer. Yeh it could be an amatuer dancer. Lots of energy and heart, trying to find the rhythm, and perhaps tripping over shoe laces at the same time and slipping on the wet floor (from people spilling water on the dance floor to do "crazy legs").
May 11, 2004
jon vaughn's dental secrets revealed!
the term "homegrown funk" seems (intentionally?) misleading here, as jon vaughn's music is less james brown, more john zorn (or john cage, for that matter). while not full-on noise terrorism like merzbow, and lacking the scope of wobbly's recent collages, "anthem brut" (surely one of the best album titles i've heard in a while) is nonetheless an impressive work of chaotic minimalism.
elements of pop, electronica and house music are not only deconstructed here but, at times, totally obliterated. take the album's best (and, ironically, most assaulting) track "i don't believe we've been formally introduced," which opens with what sounds like a clip from the brit awards then proceeds to send poor kylie minogue through a sonic blender, rendering her gloriously lost in a violent sea of noise. this is kid 606 taken a step further, or step to the side, perhaps. elsewhere, akufen-esque microsamples punctuate dense percussive landscapes, and melodic elements introduce themselves at key moments (as during the mad climax of "trying to rock it or get rockt trying"). the opener "amature dancer" sounds like a standard minimal house track laboriously trying to get itself started, only to be ambushed by a barrage of hi-hats and synth chords. by the time the dust settles, we're left with a happy-hardcore drum loop rumbling ominously in the distance. it's fantastic, and exactly the sort of serious work i wish we'd hear more of in saskatchewan.
at it's driest, "anthem brut" sounds like someone playing around with the drum presets on a music store display keyboard, but such moments are few and brief. there is restraint within the clutter, there is focus, and, most importantly, a very subtle sense of humour, which prevents this from being merely an exercise in self-indulgence.
May 8, 2004
I'll probably get it wrong if I try to define Jon Vaughn's moves, so I won't. Words that come to mind when I close my eyes and listen...Primacy of sound, disjointed ambient melodic odies, multilayered fireing, sound sculpture that winds me up,down and around and around...In this fast paced electronic world, it is nice to speed up and break down...I really enjoyed listening to this grouping of tunes...all have thier own way yet Get Rokt and Spurs resonated the most! right on Jon Vaughn from the vast flatlands of the Saskatchewan prairie, its the wind that moves the soul...good on ya...eh!...5 stars just like the rye wiskey we brew...